Case Study: When Early Walking and Early Reading Aren’t Good Things – Meet Teresa

 
 

With her hair in pigtails and wearing glasses, Teresa was about nine when her parents brought her in for an evaluation. One of the first things I asked her to do was to walk down the hallway and back. Her parents and I noticed her right arm swung more than her left arm did, and her right leg seemed to take on most of the walking while the left leg trailed along.

When Teresa stood facing the door, we took a good look at her posture and noticed it was uneven: one shoulder was higher than the other was, one shoulder blade was higher, and the ear on the right side seemed to be lower than the ear on the left. Hmm, I thought, I don’t think Teresa crawled very long. Asymmetries in posture and while walking often suggest some neurological imbalance.

The mother confirmed my thoughts by saying, “Teresa only crawled for one week. She started walking almost immediately and never wanted to crawl after that.” Teresa was an early reader, and after cheating on a spelling test, her teacher realized she couldn’t make out the words on the chalkboard, hence the glasses in third grade.

But of course. When a child crawls, the eyes watch the hands moving from left to right, just as the eyes move while reading. But Teresa’s eyes had only one week of this important development, instead of the several months most babies spend crawling. Early walking and early reading make many parents proud; but truthfully, these “accomplishments” come with a big price. Teresa also spilled her milk frequently and tended to be clumsy and awkward. Had she crawled longer, she would have been more coordinated physically.

In our sessions, we worked on re-wiring her neural pathways to send the correct information from her legs, feet, ears, and eyes to her brain. Once the circuitry was normal, we moved to Brain Gym movements and music. It didn’t take long for Teresa to not only excel in class, but she was also chosen first on her soccer team.

Books Neural Therapy can help any child who was an early walker or an early reader, and it can also help children who were hospitalized early or otherwise unable to crawl. For more information, please contact me.

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